Let’s say no to child labour

THE call by the Minister of Employment and Labour Relations Ignatius Baffuor Awuah   on stakeholders in the fight against child labour to dedicate themselves to creating a more vigorous and sustained momentum in the battle against the pervasive social canker in the country is a welcome news.

MR Baffour Awuah  made the call on Tuesday, June 12, 2018  in Cape Coast in the Central Region when Ghana joined the rest of the world to mark the World Day Against Child Labour .

THE day has been set aside by the International Labour Organisation  (ILO) to be  observed worldwide  to raise awareness and activism to prevent child labour in all its forms.

WE also think employers must not overlook the risk factors that young workers face on work tasks  and should endeavour to tolerate them when they voice  out their concerns and grievances.

ACCORDING to  the Ghana Living Standards Survey Six, about 1.9 million Ghanaian children find themselves in dangerous and hazardous environments.

AND Today believes in order to build a generation  of safe and healthy  children, preparations must begin in earnest, starting with parental and community awareness of risk factors that  face the child.

FOR instance, improving the safety and health of young workers will contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal  (SDG) 8 on decent work and economic growth.

BUT in reaching that target, it requires that public authorities, employers, workers and their organisations, collaborate to create a culture of prevention that focuses on the safety and health of the next generation of the global workforce.

AND also for us to make sustainable progress in that direction, we must not concentrate only  on  better data, laws and policies that can address the needs of children and young workers,  but  focus on capacity building for all the tripartite constituents to promote safe and healthy working conditions and incorporate the issues of children into collective bargaining agreements.

THE only way Today believes we can protect children and young persons is to engage in activities that frown on human suffering, deprivation and all forms of anti-social activities that suppress , dehumanize and prevent them from attaining their full potential.

TO achieve this, we must encourage children to get good education, sacrifice  a little in the short term, and earn a lot in the long term as they start their careers.

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